The automation giant IFTTT has just announced that their users can now make their Gmail automations much more powerful and effective by deciding how their email attachments are handled. Now included in the automation list is the ability to have your attachments automatically saved to cloud storage, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, Box, and Evernote. One recipe will even automate sending attachments to a “backup Gmail account”.
However, if you’re the kind of person who gets a lot of attachments on a daily basis, you might want to make sure that you have enough cloud storage space, which will rapidly get filled up with these attachments from your IFTTT “recipes”. IFTTT has also stressed that if you have multiple attachments, each one will be dealt with separately, so they won’t all appear in the same cloud storage “note”. Instead, they will appear individually, which could be confusing to deal with later.
One drawback which might make these automations undesirable for some people is that you can’t pick and choose whose attachments to save to cloud storage and whose to ignore. It seems to be an “all or nothing” deal, for the moment at least. So if Uncle Buck likes to send you photos of his dead insect collection, you might want to hold off from using these automated recipes, until IFTTT offers some way to filter out those images of dead bugs from clogging up your Evernote account.
Check out the full list of IFTTT Gmail automations to see how you can automate your Gmail. How will you use this feature? Does the ability to automatically save attachments to cloud storage make your life easier in some way? Let us know in the comments.